Navy Expanding Drug Testing
The prescription drug abuse problem today is a very unique drug issue because of the fact that the drugs are legally prescribed to someone. Whether or not the person who is prescribed the drugs is the one who is taking them is definitely an issue of its own, but because of the way that prescription drugs are initially distributed, they are able to reach out much further than illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin. The scary part is that prescription drugs have been discovered to have a more powerful addiction rate today than cocaine and heroin. Prescription drugs have found their way into the hands of many people in all different levels of society. The tragedy of the scenario is that these drugs are very useful and effective when taken in a safe and responsible manner in a controlled environment. But prescription drug addiction has become a serious problem because of the drug’s potentially powerful physical addiction and chemical dependence— a serious problem that has the United States Navy concerned.
The U.S Navy, effective May 1st 2012, is expanding its drug testing to test for specific prescription drugs to ensure that no one is illegally abusing these drugs and no one is taking them without a valid and proper prescription. The prescription drug families tested will now include benzodiazepines and hydrocodones like Xanax and Vicodin. The Navy has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to substance abuse and these tests are to ensure the health and safety of the servicemen.
Expanded drug tests that include testing for specific prescription drugs are most likely going to be adopted by industries nationwide. The prescription drug problem has gotten out of hand and it’s important for employers to be able to find out if someone does abuse prescription drugs, because they need to get help for their problem. But becoming addicted to painkillers isn’t the end of the road. There’s excellent rehabilitation treatment available today that can help prescription drug addicts free themselves from their abuse and get on the road to recovery. Seabrook House is an excellent drug and alcoholism rehabilitation and detoxification treatment center that offers unique and individualized programs that are gender specific and molded to fit the needs of each unique patient’s personal health, history, and interests. Seabrook House has treatment centers in New Jersey (NJ) and Pennsylvania (PA) with an outpatient office in New York (NY). If you or a loved one has a prescription drug problem, contact Seabrook House at 1.800.761.7575 to find out ways for you to beat the addiction!